"When you are on top of the world there are people who always want to be with you. I didn't really know some of them but they wanted to be close to me.
"But when you are at the lowest point in career, no one comes around.
"No one seems to care.
"This is why my fight against Diego Chaves is do or die for me. And I want to make it a 'do' and not the 'die' part.
"I promised Robert (Garcia, chief trainer) I would follow his instructions in the gym and do whatever it takes. I told Robert I want to be the old 'Bam Bam' again.
"I don't need that strength and conditioning stuff. It drained me actually. I am naturally a strong person and I won a lot of fights before without it.
"They tell me (Diego) Chaves is real rough and strong. That he can punch hard.
"That's ok with me. I want to come back and against a strong, tough fighter.
"The old Bam Bam - the one who everyone knows - will be back in the
ring on August 2."
"After the Pacquiao fight, Brandon got rid of a lot of people. He was
quiet and doing family stuff. We traded texts and that was about
it for a long time.
"When Brandon got back to the gym we went back to old school training. Rough stuff. Brandon is much more dedicated and more importantly is listening to everything I say and executing my instructions.
"Brandon is ready to fight. Bam Bam is back."
HBO BOXING® PRESENTS A SPLIT-SITE TRIPLEHEADER OF ALL-ACTION FIGHTS WHEN HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: BRANDON RIOS VS. DIEGO CHAVES, SERGEY KOVALEV VS. BLAKE CAPARELLO AND JESSIE VARGAS VS. ANTON NOVIKOV IS SEEN SATURDAY, AUG. 2